MICHAEL loves a nicely positioned mirror, Anna is a fan of “stuff”, and Kate turns into delightfully girly round a chair suspended from the ceiling.
Scotland’s Dwelling of the 12 months returned final night time, with judges Michael Angus, Anna Campbell-Jones, and Kate Spiers again because the three amigos with a pash for Amtico, huge windaes, and that every one essential however onerous to outline “good style”.
First cease within the third sequence was the Borders. Earlier than we began, the judges set out what they have been on the lookout for. Man in black Michael, architect/lecturer/the world’s worst Johnny Money impersonator, mentioned he wished a house that was “distinctive in its skill to embrace, to entertain, and to exalt”.
Exalt is it? And there was you, fairly glad if the central heating began working once more after the summer season lull.
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“The Wave” was a brand new construct close to Peebles. The title got here from the best way the curved roof went up and down, just like the tops of the distant hills. Stunning, spotlessly clear like all of the properties featured, however Kate the blogger thought it was a contact too impersonal. “It’s nearly a bit vacation dwelling relatively than a home individuals stay in.” Inside designer Anna agreed the place wanted “stuff”.
Subsequent for the once-over was Spottes Mill, close to Citadel Douglas.
The house owners appreciated black, and parking their motorbikes, together with a really cool Harley Davidson, inside the home. Inside, appropriate.
Fortuitously the design, that includes a poured concrete flooring, might accommodate their needs.
“Wouldn’t work with a carpet, wouldn’t it?” mentioned Michael, reminding us as soon as extra why he will get paid the large bucks.
Kate made a beeline for the bubble chair suspended from the ceiling, however regretted the transfer as soon as it began to creak alarmingly. Michael, ever the gentleman, helped her out of it. These three have taken some time to gel, however they’re now within the glad place of being comfortable with one another; the viewers, in flip, have grown keen on their quirks.
Spottes was spectacular, all moody lighting and a rock chick mural on one wall. “I see some neon,” mentioned Kate. “It was solely a matter of time.”
All three judges admired the house owners’ dedication to do what happy them, and to heck with what anybody else thought. Spottes duly gained a spot within the remaining.
Memo to makers IWC Media (who additionally produce Location, Location, Location): we might do with extra data on the house owners typically, comparable to what they do to earn a crust, how a lot they spent on the venture, and what the house is value now. We’re already snooping via their dwelling so would possibly as nicely go the entire nosy hog and truffle out different particulars.
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Lastly we arrived at The Blue Home, a transformed village corridor close to Biggar, now dwelling to Nic and Andy and their two canines, Muffin and Crumpet. Andy spoke for a lot of a Scottish couple when he mentioned, “Nic’s the inside design guru, I simply shift stuff.”
Michael, approaching the home, was briefly excited on spying a cupola. “Each dwelling ought to have one.” However the house owners had not made a characteristic of it within the inside, so brownie factors have been knocked off for that.
In the master suite stood a roll high bathtub. Maybe you didn’t know this, however baths in bedrooms are apparently the inside design equal of Brexit or Scottish independence: the mere point out of them can begin a combat in an empty home.
“Some individuals suppose it’s their absolute life aim [to have one],” mentioned Anna. “Different individuals suppose it’s bonkers.”
Michael put a novel spin on the matter, asking: “Would you ever put your mattress in a toilet?” Stick round mate, we’ve solely simply begun.
Repeated BBC1 Scotland, Monday, 7.30pm/iPlayer
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